Composer Competition

The Hibernian Orchestra – Call for Compositions 2015


The Hibernian Orchestra, Ireland’s leading voluntary orchestra, invites submissions to its inaugural Composition Competition. The aim of the competition is to bring new works to the repertoire of high-standard amateur orchestras.


The overall winning composition will be performed in a public concert by the Orchestra in its 2015-16 Season. In addition a selection of runner-up composers will have the opportunity to work with the conductor and Orchestra in the rehearsal of their respective piece.




  • Duration: 3-5 minutes


  • Orchestration (to be drawn from a max of): 2 flutes (+picc opt), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, strings, harp, percussion – standard orchestral percussion – please consult the orchestra manager in advance re percussion requirements.


  • Entries must be original, must not have previously been published, broadcast publically, made available to a music publishing library or be subject to any agreement in relation to such publication.  Entries must not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.


  • If you are adjudicated to be a prize winner, you grant The Hibernian Orchestra a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and royalty-free right to perform, broadcast, and record your entry and to reproduce the score for such purposes.


  • Where you go on to publish, broadcast or record your entry yourself or your entry is published, broadcast or recorded by a third party under licence, you further agree and will procure that the following inscription is included below the title: "Winner of the 2015 Hibernian Orchestra Composition Competition".


  • Prize-winning composers are expected to attend rehearsals and the performance.


  • The competition is open to composers born or normally resident in Ireland.


  • Only one entry per individual is permitted.



A panel of adjudicators, to include the orchestra's Artistic Director and Artistic Co-ordinator, will read the entries and select the winners. Canvassing will result in disqualification. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into between the adjudication panel and entrants. If an insufficient number of compositions of requisite quality are submitted, the adjudication panel reserves the right not to award some or all prizes.


Please submit an entry in the form of a pdf and mp3 / mp4 audio track (the file name of the pdf and audio file must not contain the entrant’s name), along with a separate document giving the composer's name and contact details via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All submissions will be acknowledged.


DEADLINE: 1 June 2015





Hear about our concerts first :